Wiegand's Five Goals Guide Gators Past Dolphins
from press release
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored five goals as she helped lead No. 3 Florida to a 15-4 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday night at Southern Oaks Stadium.
Florida (2-0) controlled the tempo on both sides of the field, leading the game in shots (31-13), ground balls (19-8), draw controls (13-8) and forced 10 turnovers in the contest.
Gilroy, Barry and senior defender Kayla Stolins (Glen Arm, Md.) led with three draw controls each while Dashiell added two. Senior attack Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) led with four ground balls while Wiegand, senior defender Emily Dohony and freshman midfielder Sydney DuPre picked up two each.
Jacksonville controlled the opening draw and used nearly three minutes of the clock as they scored first. Cullen answered by scoring back-to-back goals to regain the lead with just under eight minutes in the game. Dashiell added another goal in the next minute to bump the Gators lead 3-1.
“I thought Emily Dohony did a great job tonight” O’Leary said “They (Jacksonville) like to drive the crease and I thought Jamie (Reeg) and Emily did a great job of denying that, Sam did a great job on the wing and Sydney had another fantastic night.”
Meagher had six saves on the night, including four in the second half on a total of 13 shots by the Dolphins.
“Ultimately, I feel that whole defensive unit did a fantastic job,” O’Leary said.
Freshman attack Lauren Lea (Elkridge, Md.) scored the first goal of her Gator career off an assist by Dashiell with 10:04 left to play in the first half. Senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.) chipped in a goal off an assist by Chesterman while sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) found the goal for the first time this season while Wiegand helped make the score 8-2 headed into the final two minutes before the half.
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